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How to Make a DIY Gift Bag for Christmas

November 18, 2015

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DIY gift bags are easy to make! With this tutorial you will never have an awkward or ugly wrapped gift again.

How to make a DIY gift bag


How to make a DIY gift bag

Hello friends!  With the holidays just around the corner, I am SUPER excited to show you how to make a DIY gift bag.  This is the perfect way to wrap oddly shaped items, so that you don't wind up with this type of mess.

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I saw a video on Facebook last holiday season that I believe was posted by The Today Show {or another morning show–I can’t remember which one it was} demonstrating how to make a DIY gift bag from wrapping paper.  I was so happy I came across it! It's such a great way to save money and I have tons of beautiful wrapping paper, while beautiful gift bags aren’t that easy to come by.  So, for those of you that did not have the luck of seeing the video, I am going to share the tutorial with you {I sooooooooo wish I could take credit for this idea, but I can’t!}.  This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure policy here.


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I even prepared a video tutorial to show you how easy it is to make a diy gift bag.  Check it out, and if you love it, please share it with your friends or on Facebook or pin it to save it for later :)

Steps (if you prefer a written tutorial, read on!)

1) Roll out some of your wrapping paper and place the oddly shaped item that you want to wrap on top of it.  Make sure you use enough wrapping paper to cover the item.  Cut your wrapping paper to size.

2) Place your paper face down on your table.  Fold the right and left sides in until they meet in the middle and overlap some.  Tape the seam.

How to make a DIY gift bag

How to make a DIY gift bag

How to make a DIY gift bag

3) Fold the bottom of the wrapping paper up to create the bottom of the bag.

How to make a DIY gift bag

4) Separate the two pieces of wrapping paper and flatten out the corners to create a diamond shape (see below).How to make a DIY gift bag

How to make a DIY gift bag

5) Fold the top and bottom corners in toward the middle of the diamond.  Tape in place.

How to make a DIY gift bag

How to make a DIY gift bag

6) Open the bag and place your item in it.

How to make a DIY gift bag

7) Fold the top of the bag over to the back side.  Use your rectangle shape hole punch to punch holes for ribbon of your choosing.

How to make a DIY gift bag

8) Thread ribbon through the holes and tie a bow.

How to make a DIY gift bag

That's it!  You are done.  Isn't it easy?  And aren't the bags beautiful?!

How to make a DIY gift bag

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  1. […] Click over for the full tutorial on how to make these bags from wrapping paper. Source: Designer Trapped  […]

  2. […]  How to Make a DIY Gift Bag for Christmas | Designer Trapped […]

  3. Caitlin says:

    I am trying to do Christmas on a budget this year as I have recently gone back to school. I have looked at this type of wrapping before but didn’t find a site with directions like this one. I love the systematic instructions which break it down into detail. I can’t wait to try this in a couple weeks when the gift wrapping get under way! Thank you

  4. […] to give this scrap paper a new life by turning it into a gift bag for a necklace. I found simple instructions through Pinterest (it was the simplest origami project I’ve ever taken on), and I added a a […]

  5. Cee Jay says:

    A great tutorial. I have a 1990’s children’s craft book that gives instructions on making gift bags but your one is easier. Just a tip: instead of scotch tape what about double sided tape under the edges so they don’t show? Makes it look tidier. Also, if the item that is being gift bagged is light (such as that lovely teddy which was being ‘suffocated’) you could tie a knot in each ribbon end and use it as a .handle. Just an idea.

    I LOVE what you did to your lounge/sitting room. That fireplace is ama-zing and the room looks so much different and better than before (not hard really). I’m going to bookmark your site and take a look around it.

    With thanks.

    Cee Jay/Leigh on Sea, Essex, ENGLAND, Britain.

  6. […] These bags are really easy to make. Video Tutorial. […]

  7. These bags are a great way to dress up any gift. Muslin bags in bulk are good to have on had as well. You will always be ready for cute packaging that way!

  8. Super cute ways to make your gift wrapping that much more special. Muslin and burlap bags are a great gift bag option to have on hand as well.

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  10. Mary says:

    I wonder if I can also use this idea to make a fabric bag? I just bought my first sewing machine and I am intimidated by patterns.

  11. […] at how I then went on to fold this part, have a look at some brown paper bags, or you can click on How to make a gift bag? to get a better idea on how I did […]

  12. […] you have cheap wrapping paper lying around, this may be a good option to help you save.  Here is a great post that has pictures and a […]

  13. […] Instead, create a diamond shape out of two pieces of wrapping paper and fold the tops together to create a gift […]

  14. […] Instead, create a diamond shape out of two pieces of wrapping paper and fold the tops together to create a gift […]

  15. […] Instead, create a diamond shape out of two pieces of wrapping paper and fold the tops together to create a gift […]

  16. […] Instead, create a diamond shape out of two pieces of wrapping paper and fold the tops together to create a gift […]

  17. […] Instead, create a diamond shape out of two pieces of wrapping paper and fold the tops together to create a gift […]

  18. […] on! The cool thing is that you can choose the color of your bags to go with the theme. And you can do them however you […]

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  20. Cindy says:

    This is fantastic, thanks for the tutorial. I’m going to take a look around at your blog. Would love for you to stop by. By the way, love the name of your blog


  21. Wonderful D-I-Y instructions. Had to share on FB. :-)

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  23. Donna says:

    Thank you so much for this. The ladies at my church put together a bazaar every Christmas and we were discussing making gift bags for the purchases as well as some really over the top ones for sale. Your instructions will certainly help put this together.

  24. Lynne says:

    Just want you to know that this saved my “wrapping the Chanukah presents” nught. I was wrapping a toy drum without a box~! This worked wonderfully. Thank you so much.

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  28. Shonee says:

    This is a fantastic idea! I couldn’t help but crack up at that first picture of the awkwardly wrapped gift. You can easily spend loads of money on gift bags(if you buy the really cute ones!), so this is a total game changer. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing!


  29. Denise says:

    So glad I came across this. I have an awkward shaped gift I need to wrap and am going to give this technique a try. I appreciate the video.

  30. Mert says:

    Absolutely love it and will definitely be using it ❤


  32. Alicia S says:

    I love this idea! Glad I found you. I just popped over from Lindsey’s Blog at Better After and I loved the re-do of the green room in your house to the lovely and calming blue room with the cement fireplace. Great job! Can’t wait to poke around your blog and see what other lovely ideas and re-do’s you’ve done.

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